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Dr. Michael Binford

Dr. Michael W. Binford


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Curriculum Vitae

Focus Areas

Areas of Specialization

  • Macrosystems Biogeography
  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Systems
  • Land-Water Interactions
  • Landscape Dynamics, especially Land-Cover/Land-Use Change
  • Paleoecology, Paleolimnology and Paleoclimatology

Educational Background

  • PhD in Zoology and Geology, Indiana University, 1980
  • M.S. in Fisheries Biology, Louisiana State University, 1975
  • B.S. in  Biology, Kansas State University, 1973

Recent Courses

  • GEO 4037/5134C  Remote Sensing
  • GEO 4300/5305     Environmental Biogeography
  • GEO 2200               Physical Geography
  • GEO 4120               Aerial Photo Interpretation
  • GEO 5159               G.I.S. Applications in Environmental systems

Current Graduate Students


Recent Graduate Students


In My Own Words

I am a physical geographer, biogeographer, and landscape ecologist specializing in the study of environmental systems, or human-environment interactions. I have published papers on the effects of climate variability on cultural rise and collapse, agroecosystem bases for sustainable agriculture, environmental systems as a basis for landscape planning and ecological restoration, and technical aspects of measuring lake sedimentation rates. The research requires geospatial science approaches, and uses Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing techniques extensively. The work also involves collaboration with anthropologists, archaeologists, ecosystem modelers, geologists, economists, and planners. Recent NSF and NASA-funded research examines how people live around protected areas in East and Southern Africa, and how land ownership influences carbon uptake and storage in the southeastern U.S. coastal plain.

Recent Publications

Cassidy, L.1, J. Southworth, C. Gibbes, and M.W. Binford. In press. Beyond classifications: combining continuous and discrete approaches to land cover change analyses within the Lower Mekong River Region. International Journal of Remote Sensing. Revised, to be published May 2013, Vol. 39:26-45.

Staub, C.G., Binford, M.W. & Stevens, F.R., 2013. Elephant herbivory in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. African Journal of Ecology, DOI:10.1111/aje.12064.

Gaughan, A.E. F.R. Stevens, C. Gibbes, J. Southworth & M.W. Binford, 2012. Linking vegetation response to seasonal precipitation in the Okavango–Kwando–Zambezi catchment of southern Africa. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(21), pp.6783–6804.

Pricope, N.G. and M.W. Binford. 2012. A spatio-temporal analysis of fire recurrence and extent for semi-arid savanna ecosystems in Southern Africa using moderate resolution satellite imagery. Journal of Environmental Management. 100:72-85

Van Holt, Tracy, C. Moreno, M. Binford, K. Portier, S. Mulsow, and T. Frazer. 2012. The influence of landscape change on a nearshore fishery in southern Chile. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02674.x

Urdaz-Rodríguez, J., G. Fosgate, A.R. Alleman, O. Rae, A. Donovan. M.W. Binford, A. Zaragoza, P. Melendez. 2012. Association between ecological factors and the presence of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus larvae in Puerto Rico. Exp. Appl. Acarol. DOI 10.1007/s10493-012-9573-6. Published online 26 May 2012.

Patarasuk, R. & Binford, M.W., 2012. Longitudinal analysis of the road network development and land-cover change in Lop Buri province, Thailand, 1989–2006. Applied Geography, 32(2), pp.228-239.

Cassidy, L., M.W. Binford, J. Southworth, and G.Barnes. 2010. Social and ecological factors and land-use land-cover diversity in two provinces in southeast Asia. Journal of Land Use Science. 5:277-306. Online version doi:10.1080/1747423X.2010.500688.

Southworth, J., J. Hartter, M. W Binford, A. Goldman, C. A Chapman, L. J Chapman, P. Omeja, and E. Binford. 2010. Parks, people and pixels: evaluating landscape effects of an East African national park on its surroundings. Tropical Conservation Science 3, no. 2: 122–142.

Gaughan, A.E., Binford, M.W. & Southworth, J., 2009. Tourism, forest conversion, and land transformations in the Angkor basin, Cambodia. Applied Geography, 29(2), pp.212–223.
Rivero, R. et al., 2009. Integrating spectral indices into prediction models of soil phosphorus in a subtropical wetland. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113(11), pp.2389–2402.

Rivero, R.G. et al., 2007. Spectral Inferential Modeling of Soil Phosphorus Using Hybrid Geostatistical Methods.

Prabha, T.V., Karipot, A. & Binford, M.W., 2007. Characteristics of secondary circulations over an inhomogeneous surface simulated with large-eddy simulation. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 123(2), pp.239–261.
Southworth, J., G.S. Cumming, M. Marsik, and M.W. Binford. 2006. Linking Spatial and Temporal Variation at Multiple Scales in a Heterogeneous Landscape. Professional Geographer 58:406-420.
Weng, C., M.B. Bush, J.H. Curtis, A.L. Kolata, T.D. Dillehay, M.W. Binford. 2006. Deglaciation and Holocene climate change in the western Peruvian Andes. Quaternary Research. 66:87-96.
Shearer, A.W., D.A. Mouat, S.D. Bassett, M.W. Binford, C.W. Johnson, and J.A. Saarinen. 2006. Examining development-related uncertainties for environmental management: Strategic planning scenarios in southern California. Landscape and Urban Planning 77:359-381.
Binford, M.W. and R. Karty. 2006. Riparian greenways and water resources. Ch. 4 in D.A. Smith (ed.). Ecology of Greenways. 2nd Ed. Island Press. Washington, D.C.
Binford, M.W., H.L. Gholz, G. Starr, and T.A. Martin. 2006. Regional carbon dynamics of the Southeastern Coastal Plain: balancing ecosystem type, timber harvesting, environmental variation, and fire. J. Geophys. Res. 111, D24S92, doi:10.1029/2005JD006820.
Loescher, H.W., Starr G., Martin, T.A., Binford, M., Gholz, H.L. 2006.The effect of local atmospheric circulations on daytime carbon dioxide flux measurements over a Pinus elliottii canopy. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 45: 1127-1140.
Cumming, G.S., G. Barnes, S. Perz, M. SAchmink, J. Southworth, M.Bimford, R.D. Holt, C. Stickler and T. Van Holt, 2005. An Exploratory Framework for the Empirical Measurement of Resilience. Ecosystems 8(8): 975 – 987.
Binford, M. W., T. J. Lee, and R. M. Townsend. 2004. Sampling Design for an Integrated Socio-Economic and Ecologic Survey Using Satellite Remote Sensing and Ordination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 101: 11517-11522.
Rocha, K. S., M. W. Binford, and M. Schmink. 2004. Mapeando Uso e Cobertura do Solo em Projeto de Assentamento Utilizando Técnicas de Sensoriamento Remoto e Métodos Participativos. Uáquiri: A Geografia e a Amazônia em Questão 2: 107-118.


Jensen, R. R., and M. W. Binford. 2004. Measurement and Comparison of Leaf Area Index Estimators Derived from Satellite Remote Sensing Techniques. International Journal of Remote Sensing 25 (20): 4251-4265.

Tugend, K. I., M. S. Allen, and M. W. Binford. 2004. Potential Use of Remote Sensing to Assess Effects of Wave Action on Plant Re-Establishment. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 42: 54-60.

Book Chapters

Hartter, J., J. Southworth, M.W. Binford. 2009. Parks as a Mechanism to Maintain and Facilitate Recovery of Forest Cover: Examining Reforestation, Forest Maintenance and Productivity in Uganda. Ch. 12 (pp 275 – 296) in Nagrenda, H., and J. Southworth. Reforested landscapes. Springer Landscape Series.

Felkner, J. S., and M. W. Binford. 2002. Modeling a Soil Moisture Index Using Geographic Information System in a Developing Country Context. In Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design, ed. R. France, 513-538. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Hill, K., and M. W. Binford. 2002. The Role of Category Definition in Habitat Models:  Practical and Logical Limitations of Using Boolean, Indexed, Probabilistic and Fuzzy Categories. In Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy, ed. J. M. Scott, P. J. Heglund, F. Samson, J. Haufler, M. Morrison, M. Raphael, and B. Wall, 97-106. Washington: Island Press.

Book Reviews

Binford, M.W., 2008. Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can’t Predict the Future (review). Southeastern Geographer, 48(2), pp.255-258.